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Unformatted text preview: 3. Do you think that impeachment is a good "safety valve" in American Democracy? Why or why not? I do think impeachment serves as a good “safety valve”: if the president did something that was obviously legally and morally wrong, as was the case in Watergate, allowing him to remain in office would be preposterous. The American people would demand removal; demonstrations, protests, and all kind of public dissent would ensue. Allowing the process to quietly take place in Congress (relatively speaking) is the rational thing to do. Response to Fayette Brunn: I agree with everything you said Fayette, though I doubt impeachment "hangs" over a president’s head constantly - in fact, there were probably many more illegal bribes, scandals, etc. than we know that were kept undercover. Response to Melissa Rushnell: I agree with your answers, checks and balances are yet another reason impeachment is an important safety valve....
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This note was uploaded on 06/26/2008 for the course PSCI 130-001 taught by Professor Diiulio during the Fall '08 term at UPenn.
- Fall '08